How do you define tenacious?
The one word I think of when I think of anyone working toward a goal is tenacious.
Let's look at the definition of the word. Merriam Webster describes tenacious as,
not easily pulled apart; persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired
This blog revolves around three extremely important parts of life.
Running has probably the biggest ‘give back' to those willing to take it on.
Achieving is what we all want to do. I think it is safe to say everyone wants to achieve something important.
What Is Achievement?
A mother or father raising their kids on a single income is achievement to me. It takes a great deal of courage and fortitude to endure putting in long hours to support your family.
That is ‘persistent in maintaining' to its core.
A woman fighting against an ailment that she cannot understand is tenacity in its purest sense. I witness this on a daily basis with my wife.
Think Long Term
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.-Picasso
My mother raised my brother and I on her own. My parents divorced when I was 4. In addition, my brother and I have both seen what an individual with a tenacious attitude can do.
I spent the majority of my teens around steel workers.
My hometown, Mingo Junction, is a small mill town filled with Wheeling-Pittsburgh steel workers.
They know what must be done and they do it. More importantly, they have learned to enjoy what they do and take a great deal of pride in that work.
Furthermore, you have to be tenacious in your running and bring a sense of purpose every time you step out the door.
I am honored to be a part of the town. It is filled with driven, hard-working professionals.
They are tenacious.
Running is the same. You may not see results as fast as you would like but if you are committed you will succeed.
Perhaps you're getting tired of trying and don't see the point in working so hard? Why did you start in the first place? What was working while you were getting results?
You have to be tenacious and not lose enthusiasm despite setbacks.
Who has the right to tell you what you are capable of?
How Can You Be More Tenacious?
Are you looking to run a new personal best? Do you see someone else running a time that you dream about, but unsure you are capable? Rest assured, you are already well capable of all of this and more.
I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.-John 14.12
The biggest obstacle is to grow consistent and become tenacious in every thought and action to get good at it.
Running isn't easy for many people. Some swear by the fact that they are not runners. It is tragic.
The best way to get past imaginary limits is to make them as physical as possible.
Furthermore, when you do that it reminds you that the limits you think you have aren’t real at all.
You can become tenacious in running. Reprogram your mind to think as though there are no impossibilities.
Setting Limits On Yourself Is Unnecessary
Think about it. How many times have you and I placed a stress on ourselves? We worry about things that usually never come true in the first place.
Art is the elimination of the unnecessary -Pablo Picasso
Picasso's words, paintings and descriptions have moved me since I was a teenager. I have been amazed by the level of commitment he gave to his craft.
Furthermore, he found something he was good at and worked his whole life to perfect it. This can be applied to anything.
There are endless books on running. What is stopping you from learning? Tenacity was instilled in all of us at birth.
It was when we grew to be adults that we started placing limits on ourselves and let our minds grow soft
I believed anything was possible when I was a child. I had no limitations and am sure you didn't either. What went wrong with us?
We were told to be proper, do as we were told and most of the time and told “no” far too many times.
Let Go Of Everything You Have Been Told
If you have been dreaming about jumping to the next level in your running make the commitment to do so.
I was told to quit while still a 2.43.36 marathon. This time was far too slow to compete on a national level. I would have have never run 2:19:35 if I had listened to that advice.
I was relentless and tenacious in proving otherwise. We don't have to set limits on ourselves.
There has to be a change.
This is close to my heart because I have seen so many runners quit because they thought they were not good enough.
In addition, some people need to be built up. They need to feel as though someone gives a shit about them.
If you are in a position to lift someone up, immediately do it.
If given the chance, mentor someone with your knowledge and expertise and also be willing to listen and learn from them as well.
Lead By Example
There are beginners out there who could teach me how to race better too. It is vital to be humble. This is a form of tenacity. This is true leadership.
People who want to get fit or run faster need to think like a child. There isn't anything childish about it. I wasted many of my past races because of this. Too caught up in the adult mentality of limitations, In addition, worrying about things that I didn't even have to concern myself with in the first place.
It's windy, might not run a fast time now since it will slow me down. I didn't sleep well last night, may have a poor race tomorrow. I have run some of my fastest races in windy conditions and with little sleep.
Guard yourself against negative self-talk.
Farnish Brock left a fortune ‘100' company, after working there for 12 years to pursue her true passion to write and build her own company.
Dreaming About Doing Something Wonderful Makes Life Living.
If you want to be more diligent, tenacious and focused on achieving a running time goal be clear about what you want.
Leave no stone unturned in the process.
The truth is Motivation Is Not Out There: You Need To Look Within yourself.
No one can teach motivation. Yes, you can read about it and about motivated individuals, but at the end of the day, it is up to you, to take action.
Goals are not meant to be easy. How can I improve my breathing pattern when I run? How can I hold just 5 seconds per mile faster during my 5K? What do I have to do to learn to pace myself better?
Lay down at night before you go to bed and visualize a time you want to run. Motivate yourself to do something daily that will give you the slight edge into making that goal a reality. See it in your mind. .
Tenacious people don't let up.